Mirage, Las Vegas
This use to be a Free exhibit, but I guess after the loss of Siegfried & Roy Royal White Tiger show, they have incorporated this into the Secret Gardens. So now it cost to see them:(
Siegfried & Roy's Royal White Tigers is available for viewing for purchase in the Secret Gardens. Siegfried & Roy have dedicated their lives to preserving these rare animals, and their efforts have helped save them from total extinction. After securing the offspring of a perfectly matched pair of these beautiful animals bequested to this country in 1958 by the Maharaja of Rewa, Siegfried & Roy established their own Royal White Tiger breeding line.” – Mirage Hotel
Visit a Secret Garden and you will find some animals who are listed as endangered on the Red List of Threatened Species.
You will learn that White tigers are not a subspecies or albinos, they are a genetic variation; and that almost all white tigers in zoological facilities are descended from one Bengal tiger named Mohan that was found in India in the 1950s.
White lions also are not albinos as they have pigmentation which shows particularly in eyes, paw pads and lip color. They just have a lack of dark pigmentation.
Meet family of Bottlenose Dolphins. Most of the dolphins were born in this 2.5-million-gallon Dolphin Habitat which has four connected pools, an artificial coral reef system and sandy bottom replicate the dolphins' natural environment.
Monday - Friday | 11:00 a.m. - 5:30 p.m.
Saturday & Sunday | 10:00 a.m. - 5:30 p.m.
Last admission is at 4:30 p.m.
Adults | $19.95
Children 4 - 12 | $14.95
Children 3 and Under | Free
The Mirage is in an excellent location at the Strip: The Forum Shops at Caesars in on one side and the other side past Treasure Island is the Fashion Mall.
According to Wiki : "The Mirage was the most expensive hotel-casino in history, with a construction cost of US $630 million. The hotel's distinctive gold windows get their color from actual gold dust used in the tinting process."
This hotel is very nice but really starting to show its age. We noticed that sometimes Mirage can be very crowded.
Mirage seems like a great upper middle hotel.
Come face to face with Bottlenose Dolphins an get you picture done.
A special one-hour VIP Group Tour (5 people per group max): you will get an insider’s view of the work and dedication that goes into the training and care of dolphins and will be given an 8x10 print of your group’s photo taken with one of dolphins.
Tours may be scheduled at 11:00 a.m., 1:00 p.m. and 2:30 p.m. daily.
Dolphin Habitat has a maximum of three groups per tour and three tours per day.
This was our favorite show on the Strip. It's a very good free attraction with great effects and can be viewed from both sides.
The volcano show erupts every hour: the mix of the fire, water, drum music and lights is impressive and definitely worth the few minute stop.
Terry Fator has a show at The Mirage. He won 'America's got talent' a five years ago (2007). The prize was a $1 million contract for a headline show in Las Vegas for 1 year!
He's still there now! Terry Fator is a VERY talented ventriloquist. Unfortunatly, when I went to Vegas last year (2011), I couldn't go and see him as his shows were already fully booked! I got the nexy best thing - the DVD. I'd watched him on 'America's got talent' and really enjoyed his acts. So, I am only speaking from the experience of the recording of a live show; I laughed and laughed - the man is a genius!!
I emplore you to go and see his show - I will the next time I'm back!!
For more information on Terry Fator, look on the websites listed below.
After the devastating show where Roy was attacked by his own pet Tiger, the show of Siegfried and Roy was totally stopped. It was unfortunate that their show of illusions which popularized Mirage Hotel has to be discontinued. Roy was paralyzed and he was in critical condition for a long time after he was attacked by the tiger. He lost a lot of blood during the show.
The Siegfried and Roy show was very famous and it brought millions of dollars to the owners of Mirage Hotel. As a remembrance the owner put up a statue of Siegfried and Roy which you can see at the front of the Mirage Hotel.
The famous Volcano at the Mirage Hotel/Casino is bigger and better than ever. After a year's closure for renovation [which cost $25 million], it has returned and erupts every 15 minutes until midnight. [See Photograph #1] It's set on a small lagoon with 3,000 lights that are computerized to simulate the flow of lava. The volcano is 50 feet high and there is an eruption of 40 more feet into the air! The designers say that the very best place to see it is right in front of the Mirage on the Strip. He says, "Nothing beats being right there-up close-where you can feel the heat of the flames and hear the pulsating soundtrack." Now, this wonderful show is actually FREE.In addition, the Mirage boasts the beautiful grounds [See Photo #3].
Mirage also has a free Aquarium with 20,000 gallons of saltwater and is located behind the reception desk. The acrylic that they used in the aquarium is 4 inches thick.
In the back of the Mirage is Siegfried and Roy's Secret Garden and Dolphin Habitat [Fee of !5.00 for adults and $10.00 for Children]. This habitat houses leopards, alpacas, and lions (separate areas). It also houses their famous white tigers as well as panthers. The dolphin Habitat has a below ground level viewing deck to watch the dolphins swim under water.
On the way into the Mirage, you can see the White Tigers roaming through their habitat. Across from the habitat is the Mirage logo store in case you absolutely have to have some sort of tiger souvenir.
Update - well, I'll leave this tip up for posterity and history - the White Tigers are long gone since the "incident" I notice some of these early tips are pretty slim on details - I'll have to update some of them as time permits!
One of the niftiest things to see for free is the Mirage volcano after dark. It runs every 15 minutes or so. And if you have the chills from the desert, this will definitely warm you up!
Updated 2009: The volcano show has been updated and now only runs on the hour. The new show has more pyrotechnics, but I don't enjoy it as much. However, it's still a free show, and you're likely to meet some interesting people as you wait, because the railing outside the volcano gets pretty packed!
When I went to Vegas for my 21st birthday I did more of the touristy things and saw the cheaper attractions. One of these would be the White Tiger Habitat at the Mirage. This attraction, not to be confused with more expensive Dolphin Habitat, was free and smaller. Packed in with many other people stretching your necks to find the white tigers laying about was a bit exciting once spotted. But, when the animals are just laying there it quickly becomes a not-so-fun attraction. However, after seeing such cuddly and cute animals from behind a glass plate try not to spend much in the gift shop.
If you have kids they know just how to lure them in with the dolphin and white tiger stuffed animals and accesories. My mom was pulled in and we ended up buying me (of all people) a pink giant stuffed dolphin....Yea, that was a fun plane ride home. :)
My aunt, dad and I went into the Mirage to get some gambling done. We had toured The Venetian but wanted some action! We started our journey at the blackjack table but left after 5 hands when the dealer hit 21 or 20 in the first 5 hands.
We wanted some drinks but didn't want to sit at a table so we ended up at the bar where the video poker sits as well. They key: if you play the maximum bet ($1) then you get free drinks. At first, I was doing not very well but then I ended up winning about $40...doubled my money. It was nice.
After my dad and aunt had a few drinks and lost their $20 or two we ended up looking for the casino and getting in some craps. The craps table was hot and we ended up playing for a few hours. (Boy, time flies when you're having fun!) One woman at the table got a serious roll and it was good times for all. The dealers were friendly but not quite as outgoing as the Bally's dealers. Definitely #2 friendliness, though.
Walking down the strip in Las Vegas you never know who you might run into. Walking through the Mirage on our first day in town I happened to notice a sign which said there was an autograph signing featuring the Sports Illustrated Swimsuit Cover Model from 2008, Marisa Miller between 4:00 and 5:00 and that you could do a meet and greet and get an autograph if you bought something. I looked at my watch (4:55) and saw a line just outside one of the doors and lo and behold there was Marisa signing the last few autographs.
Since I try to make a habit out of taking my camera and camcorder (which conveniently fit inside a great little camera bag I have) I pretended I was on a model photo shoot and started snapping away just as she was finishing her autograph session and leaving. A professional was snapping a few pictures inside the area where she was and fortunately for me at 6' 0" I was able to get my camera above the crowd and get a half a dozen pictures (the 3 best here). My only regret is that I didn't have time to get the camcorder out to do a little runway walk video photography.
This is more of a "second hand" tip... My parents went to see the Terry Fator show at the Mirage. As you may (or may not) know, Terry Fator is the ventriloquist who won the first season of "America's Got Talent". The tickets were given to them as a gift and they were ambivalent about going. However...
My mother is now his biggest fan! She talks all the time about how funny the show is, how amazing that he really sounds like the person he is impersonating, how you never see his mouth move, how talented he is... My mother enjoys herself when she goes out, but I have NEVER seen her so enthusiastic about a show!